Watch the “Ordain a Lady” video! (posted by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

January 8th, 2013 Post by

Toward the end of the comments section of the “Per DP’s Advice” thread (about 415 comments in), commenter wineonthevines posted a video as a little change of pace. I watched it, and it was so funny, I thought it deserved its own thread. It’s called “Ordain a Lady.” I’ll post it here, and after you watch it, I’ll have a little more to say about it.

Now that you’ve seen it, here’s my other comment about the video. When I watched it, I thought it must be a PARODY, a SATIRE, making the women’s ordination crowd look ridiculous–and doing a good job of it! I mean, they trot out the same old, lame old “arguments”:

Hey, I was baptized
And this is crazy
But God just called me
So ordain a lady!

But then at the end I see that this video was produced by those who FAVOR women’s ordination! It’s sponsored by the “Women’s Ordination Conference,” a Roman Catholic activist group. Do they really think this HELPS their cause??






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  1. January 8th, 2013 at 23:21 | #1

    “Woman priest is my call
    Women preaching for all
    Don’t listen to St. Paul
    ‘Cause I can lead the way!”

    So you want to listen to St. Paul on some things (Gal. 3:27-28), but not on the parts you don’t like (1 Cor. 14:33-35; 1 Tim. 2:12)?

  2. January 9th, 2013 at 04:44 | #2

    They defy parody.

  3. Nathan Redman
    January 9th, 2013 at 06:20 | #3

    I watched this the other day. Got about 15 seconds in and had to turn it off. I just the watched that whole thing. That’s 3 minutes of my life I will never get back. Thanks Pastor Henrickson.

    Hey, I was baptized so ordain a lady….yeah okay. I was baptized too so I guess I’ll just got out and ignore the word of god, cheat on my wife, go steal some sugar babies from Walmart.

  4. SKPeterson
    January 9th, 2013 at 08:02 | #4

    This video has convinced me that Paul was wrong about everything. He didn’t obviously write under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit; I mean, would She really have tolerated his intolerance? I don’t think so. God is Love and that means everyone, so everyone has to be encouraged to do whatever they feel is best, because those are the feelings that are truly from God/dess.

  5. January 9th, 2013 at 08:18 | #5

    She want’s t be ordained, but doesn’t know that a stole is worn under a chasuble. I don’t know, perhaps I’m focusing on the wrong thing?

  6. Carl Vehse
    January 9th, 2013 at 08:27 | #6

    The objections of Fielding Mellish apply to the “Ordain a Lady” YouTube video.

  7. January 9th, 2013 at 08:31 | #7

    Mmmm…sugar babies!

  8. Jim Hamilton
    January 9th, 2013 at 08:39 | #8

    That is a tremendous video. Absolutely mesmerizing. I like how it stressed one of the classic liberal arguments that anyone who disagrees with whatever they’ve decided is true today is “crazy”. Did anyone else get the impression that the lead “lady priest” was gay? Of course, most liberals that I see these days, male or female, seem pretty fruity to me.

  9. January 9th, 2013 at 09:08 | #9

    I’m apprehensive to watch the video for fear of damaging brain cells…

  10. revaggie
    January 9th, 2013 at 09:21 | #10

    I saw this the other day when it was in the recommended videos sidebar from watching Fisk. It is good I had an empty stomach when I saw the video. Though, I will give them credit. They admit to ignoring the Bible.

  11. Carl Vehse
    January 9th, 2013 at 09:22 | #11

    @J. Dean #9: ” I’m apprehensive to watch the video for fear of damaging brain cells…”

    There likely won’t be any permanent damage, but the brain cells in your occipital lobe might puke a little.

  12. Rev. McCall
    January 9th, 2013 at 09:39 | #12

    Wow. Just…wow. As if that song wasn’t corny enough with the original lyrics.

  13. Roger Gallup
    January 9th, 2013 at 10:15 | #13

    The one redeeming (?) quality of this video is that they admit that to “ordain a lady” you need to ignore St. Paul. Most who favor women’s ordination would twist and torture St. Paul’s words to get them to say something they do not. Honesty is resfreshing.

  14. Joe Olson
    January 9th, 2013 at 10:15 | #14

    Wow! This song sums the issue in a very, very clear way in a single lyric:

    “Don’t Listen to St. Paul, cause I can lead the way”

    She is overtly placing herself (and her desires) above God’s Holy Word. That is the problem in a nutshell. All of the rest of the arguments and discussion points are merely derivative of this.

  15. Joe Strieter
    January 9th, 2013 at 10:38 | #15

    Don’t have to analyze this–it’s patently offensive and frankly sacrilegious. Some of the gyrations are embarrassingly graphic.

    “We are not amused….”

  16. January 9th, 2013 at 12:49 | #16

    @Carl Vehse #11
    Ugh… you were right..

    The bad theology concerning both Catholicism and women’s ordination aside, I think we need to establish what it means when one is called by God into the ministry.

  17. LW
    January 9th, 2013 at 13:07 | #17

    Silly papists. I guess they are simply following their pope’s example by exulting themselves above God.

  18. Carl Vehse
    January 9th, 2013 at 13:40 | #18

    @LW #17,

    Maybe they will form a song-and-dance group known as the Antichristettes.

  19. January 9th, 2013 at 15:11 | #19

    Carl Vehse :
    @LW #17,
    Maybe they will form a song-and-dance group known as the Antichristettes.

    I see a parody to the song “Mr. Sandman.”

    “Mister pope-man,
    Bring me a dream,
    Make her a priest like you’ve never seen…”

  20. William
    January 9th, 2013 at 15:50 | #20

    Catholicism and women ordination are mutually exclusive as it is in Lutheranism isn’t it? Of course anyone can “self identify” as anything but that is as the song says “That is crazy.”

  21. LW
    January 9th, 2013 at 17:18 | #21

    @Carl Vehse #18
    That’s funny. I can already see it on the bright lights of a Broadway. “The Seductress Proudly Presents, Pope Benedict and the Antichristettes.”

  22. Timmy
    January 9th, 2013 at 17:26 | #22

    Does she plan to be celibate???

  23. Carl Vehse
    January 9th, 2013 at 17:34 | #23

    @J. Dean #19: I see a parody to the song “Mr. Sandman.”

    You’re right…

    Mr. Pope-man (to the tune of “Mr. Sandman“)

    Mr. Pope-man, bring me a dream;
    Make me a priestess like you’ve never seen.
    Give me a stole and chausible vestures,
    And let me do those sacerdotal gestures.

    Pope-man, it’s so unfair,
    St. Paul’s epistles “males only” declare.
    Change this with a papal bull;
    Mr. Pope-man, give girls priest rule.

    Mr. Pope-man, bring me a dream;
    Make me a priestess like you’ve never seen.
    A mitre to wear — it’s really no big deal;
    Then someday I’ll need papal shoes in high heel.

    Pope-man, I’m so alone,
    No female cleric to call my own.
    Please contrive a papal scheme;
    Mr. Pope-man, give gals their dream.

    Mr. Pope-man, bring me a dream;
    Let women clergy be part of the team.
    You’ll soon have girlish bishops and vicars
    (And maybe GLBT priests in knickers).

    Mr. Pope-man, a crozier to hold
    Would be so peachy before I’m too old.
    So change God’s Word with your decrees
    Mr. Pope-man, ordain,
    Please, please, ordain,
    Mr. Pope-man, ordain girls priests.

  24. jim claybourn
    January 9th, 2013 at 17:38 | #24

    OK, Pr Henrickson.

    I’m waiting.

    I KNOW that you, if anyone, can do a parody of a parody.

  25. January 9th, 2013 at 18:41 | #25

    Carl Vehse :
    @J. Dean #19: I see a parody to the song “Mr. Sandman.”
    You’re right…

    Mr. Pope-man (to the tune of “Mr. Sandman“)
    Mr. Pope-man, bring me a dream;
    Make me a priestess like you’ve never seen.
    Give me a stole and chausible vestures,
    And let me do those sacerdotal gestures.
    Pope-man, it’s so unfair,
    St. Paul’s epistles “males only” declare.
    Change this with a papal bull;
    Mr. Pope-man, give girls priest rule.
    Mr. Pope-man, bring me a dream;
    Make me a priestess like you’ve never seen.
    A mitre to wear — it’s really no big deal;
    Then someday I’ll need papal shoes in high heel.
    Pope-man, I’m so alone,
    No female cleric to call my own.
    Please contrive a papal scheme;
    Mr. Pope-man, give gals their dream.
    Mr. Pope-man, bring me a dream;
    Let women clergy be part of the team.
    You’ll soon have girlish bishops and vicars
    (And maybe GLBT priests in knickers).
    Mr. Pope-man, a crozier to hold
    Would be so peachy before I’m too old.
    So change God’s Word with your decrees
    Mr. Pope-man, ordain,
    Please, please, ordain,
    Mr. Pope-man, ordain girls priests.

    Here here! I propose that this is the post of the day! I am humbled in light of your literary prowess and clever schemes, Carl! Good stuff! :D

  26. Abby
  27. Rev. Clint K. Poppe
    January 10th, 2013 at 11:23 | #27

    I too thought this was a joke or parody when I first saw it, but sadly realized that there is a conserted effort to make this video known world wide (see the Women’s Ordination Conference web site). Yes, they believe that this helps their cause, and for some, it really does. It portrays the authority of Scripture as a foolish and out dated idea and has the material principle of justice and love. Everyone is a priest/minister by virtue of their baptism so wake up Roman Catholic church and do the loving and just thing. It also acknowledges that some Protestant denominations are recruiting disgruntled RC women to be pastors for them. Love, justice, everyone a minister; these things play well in our world today.

    There are some in the LCMS that are openly promoting women’s ordination. Aren’t the arguments they are using exactly the same? This is no joke…

    In Christ, Clint

  28. January 10th, 2013 at 17:38 | #28

    Rev. Clint K. Poppe :
    I too thought this was a joke or parody when I first saw it, but sadly realized that there is a conserted effort to make this video known world wide (see the Women’s Ordination Conference web site). Yes, they believe that this helps their cause, and for some, it really does. It portrays the authority of Scripture as a foolish and out dated idea and has the material principle of justice and love. Everyone is a priest/minister by virtue of their baptism so wake up Roman Catholic church and do the loving and just thing. It also acknowledges that some Protestant denominations are recruiting disgruntled RC women to be pastors for them. Love, justice, everyone a minister; these things play well in our world today.
    There are some in the LCMS that are openly promoting women’s ordination. Aren’t the arguments they are using exactly the same? This is no joke…
    In Christ, Clint

    Related question, Reverend, and I’m being somewhat rhetorical and exasperated, but also somewhat not: what does it take for a Christian denomination to say to people like this “You really need to leave if you refuse to submit to Scripture as your authority”?

    This isn’t directly leveled at Lutheranism (not by a longshot in comparison with other denominations I’ve seen), but it seems as if the tent for Christianity is becoming bigger and bigger, and not in the right way.

  29. Rev. Clint K. Poppe
    January 10th, 2013 at 22:47 | #29

    @J. Dean #28

    What it takes is love and courage! Hebrews 12 (quoting Proverbs 3) teaches us that discipline is a loving act. I pray daily for such love and courage in the LCMS.

    In Christ, Clint

  30. Rev. Thomas C. Messer
    January 11th, 2013 at 08:16 | #30

    Erich :
    She want’s t be ordained, but doesn’t know that a stole is worn under a chasuble. I don’t know, perhaps I’m focusing on the wrong thing?

    LOL! :)

  31. Julianne Wiley
    January 12th, 2013 at 19:48 | #31

    Saw this on FreeRepublic and now here, dear dear! It *is* wonderful in a crazy, doo-wop lollypop self-refuting more-bounce-to-the-ounce kinda way. I like the girl in the glasses and boots: that’s be me 44 years ago, fruitball at 17.

    Since I will treasure the Mr. Pope-man parody for the rest of my life, I will offer this smidge in return:

    There once were some ladies whose mania
    Was liturgical extemporanea
    So when they get the urge
    They just go and liturge—
    And I am the Queen of Romania.

    – “Mrs. Don-o”

  32. Richard
    January 15th, 2013 at 07:38 | #32

    St. Therese of Lisieux with all her beautiful humility and depth of love for the Catholic Church would have been saddened that she was being used in this way.

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